Cricket: Problems mount up for the Kiwis

NEW ZEALAND suffered an unhappy visit to Southampton as their tour match failed to solve one big problem and created another.

After playing out an ultimately disappointing draw with Hampshire yesterday, the tourists were no nearer solving the crisis among their frontline batsmen and had new concerns about two of their new ball bowlers.

They played the final day without Shane O'Conner, who had a back problem, and three balls from the end they saw Simon Doull limp off after locking his right knee.

Doull had just claimed Hampshire's ninth wicket by bowling Mark Garaway but Craig McMillan had to complete the over.

McMillan failed to remove Hampshire's last man and the climax was the only real drama of a turgid day with Hampshire showing little inclination to chase the 321 which would have brought an pounds 11,000 bonus.

New Zealand now have one match against Kent to discover their form before the second Test at Lord's and their sole encouragement was provided by left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, who claimed 5 for 92.

Steve Rixon, the Kiwis coach, said: "Batting is obviously the key area and one where things have got to pick up before the Test. Some of the lads in the upper order have now had five or six innings without getting their act together and that's a worry and now we've got to sweat on Simon Doull."

A dramatic collapse by Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street gifted Durham only their second County Championship win of the season.

Chasing 344, the visitors were seemingly in control at 185 for 2, but they lost their final five wickets for only four runs as they capitulated from 244 for 5 to 248 all out.

It was part-time spinner Michael Gough, who was appointed England Under- 19 captain last week, and fast bowler Steve Harmison who did the damage, taking 4 for 49 and 3 for 33 respectively in the 95-run win.

Tim Robinson had scored 80 to give Nottinghamshire a solid platform as they went about their target off a minimum 83 overs. Jason Gallian weighed in with 69 while Paul Johnson was left stranded on 70.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Technical Author / Multimedia Writer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This recognized leader in providing software s...

Recruitment Genius: Clinical Lead / RGN

£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: IT Sales Consultant

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...

Recruitment Genius: Works Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent